In order to appreciate the richness of Peters’ intuition, I associate “sacrifice” with the divine point of view and “scapegoating” with the human.
Now, consider a general formula for the nested form in the plane of “doing”:
JustificationX(state of beingY(with desireZ)
Apply that general formula to the divine and human points of view:
Human justificationself: The rhetoric of “sacrifice” identifies the good (Pharasees, Saducees, and Roman players) and damned (Jesus, alleged King of the Jews)
Divine justificationGod: The rhetoric of “sacrifice” identifies the good (Father) and the damned (Son of the Father) in a relation of infinite love
State of beinghuman: the joys of mob action and political intrigue in the spectacle of a public crucifixion
State of beingdivine: the accomplishment of an incomparably unique yet intimated theodrama that realizes – or fulfills – many Old Testament prophecies and resonates with – or redeems – many pagan themes
With Cupidhuman: The craving to steal the life and authority of the scapegoat Jesus for their own
With desiredivine: The craving to reveal Jesus as the Messiah. That is: Jesus is the Way That God Recognizes and Loves Himself and The Mediator For All Humans through taking and redeeming the mantle of the Scapegoat.